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Sunday, May 3, 2015

My Little Pony: Fiendship is Magic Finale Review

Fiendship is Magic has been a very entertaining mini-series event. Often in pop culture it's the villain who actually proves to be more interesting than the hero. (Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, Joker in The Dark Knight.) This series has been exploring antagonists from throughout MLP lore, and it been quite an intriguing ride. This time, for the finale, Queen Chrysalis takes center stage. How does it fare? Let's take a look.

Here's the official description from IDW:
The first My Little Pony mini-series event! This month-long weekly limited series explores the secret origins of the Equestria's greatest villains! The ponies visit the imprisoned Chrysalis... what secrets is she hiding!
Unarguably one of the greatest stories from the My Little Pony show is "A Canterlot Wedding." It has everything: a grand plot, emotion, and a great antagonist. Interestingly, the Queen's story didn't end there. She returned way back in the first arc of the main comic series. (Three years ago!) Now, she's back once again for the final issue of this event. It's hard to find to anything negative to say, for it is just extremely entertaining.

I think whenever we see the words "Katie Cook" and "Andy Price" on the cover excitement unveils. Whenever these two are on a comic, entertainment is guaranteed. Cook nicely writes a defeated Chrysalis, (or so it seems) to the point of even making the reader feel sorry for her at certain points. The story focuses on aspects of her villain adventures back in the day, which are surely interesting. Her origin is also explored, though that's rather underwhelming. (But, I think that was the point, to show that not every villain has a origin of how they because evil, rather they're just born with evil blood.) The ponies as expected have fantastic dialogue almost every panel. Spike's "1,000 years" comment was hilarious, as was Pinkie saying "that poor bucket" in response to Applejack using the expression "kick the bucket." Twilight's move at the end could be called controversial, but it was played just right.

Of course, Andy Price's art is fantastic. Like in the first arc all those years ago, it shows how evil and comical Queen Chrysalis can appear. The main cover by Amy Mebberson features a nicely drawn rendition of the title character. And once again, while having nothing to do with the story, the RI by Sara Richard features a unique rendition of the Mane 6, this time Applejack.

Overall, this very well could be the best issue of Fiendship. It's entertainment in every panel, and I think Chrysalis fans will really enjoy it. Looking back, I gotta say that this event was very ambitious on IDW's part. It successfully (for the most part) bridged gaps and deepened backstories of Equestria's most wanted. Sadly it's over, but it won't be forgotten!


1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a solid issue. I do strongly disagree about the villains being more interesting or memorable than the heroes in any form of media though. Whether it be a TV show, book, or movie, the heroes are typically the best. There will be some cool villains to be sure, but the heroes are the ones who really get things going. After all, it is typically hard or impossible to root for a villain in anything that takes itself very seriously, but you can root for the hero in a comedy or a thriller. Just think of good ole Superman, the hero of heroes!

    Back to the ponies, I shall be on the lookout for this one from the library!